Nov 15, 2014
It can be very challenging to deal with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Both physically and psychologically your world is bound to change and change drastically. At first, you may experience an intense feeling of being afraid or have a severe feeling of disappointment. You may think that the situation is beyond your ability . It is very important to get the right information about your kind of melanoma and how it is best handled. People who are well advised about their sickness and therapy are more able to make choices and deal with what happens, regardless of the outcome.
As well as dealing with being afraid about having cancer and having anxiety that makes you uncertain about the future, you may also very likely be dealing with how to manage the day-to-day practicality of life, paying bills, childcare, etc., and most likely there is financial and money matters get to the bottom of. It is very likely that you will be requiring information about money matters and financial support, such as any benefits you may be entitled to from work, especially if you got cancer because of your job, such as working in any high risk condtions, there is also in many jobs sick pay and you also may be eligible for certain grants.
There is also the very real concern of who do you let know that you have been diagnosed with cancer. This is a personal choice. Surely your spouse and children deserve to know but beyond that you have to make the decision of who to tell. Some people deal with it openly on social media platforms or on chatboards and others choose to not tell anyone they know but to go to support groups. Often finding the right words is difficult and if you have kids that you are concerned with telling you may decide that you need to talk about it first with someone who has experience before you speak to the kids.
Overall, you should give yourself time in dealing with everything. Yes, it's true, even though you have cancer and feel like time is of the essence you do not actually have to do everything today. Each issue should be dealt with and there will many situations where you may feel out of your depth and need to find help. There are numerous professionals whose job it is to help you with these types of situations and many more and your doctors and nurses will be able to put you touch with them. The people in this profession are in it for a reason. They want you to feel that you have people you can rely on and get the sort of important backing that you require and I encourage to reach out to them.
Breast cancer and the treatment associated with the disease may cause physical changes in your whole body. These changes can be very difficult to deal with and may impact the way you feel about yourself. Most females will have surgery treatment, which can impact the shape of one or both of your breasts and cause scarring damage. Such whole body changes can impact your self confidence and the way you conduct interactions with other people, especially close loved ones. This is normal and you should at least try and be patient with yourself. Therapy for your loved ones (especially your partner!) is definitely recommended. You two should grow closer during this intense time, not apart. Be open to leaning on each other and know that your partner is experiencing a level of trauma even though they are not the one with the cancer diagnosis, they still feel a lot pain and confusion because they love you so much. On top of everything else, surgery may cause ongoing pain or pain for some females.
Some hormone therapy treatments can make it to where there is a lot of pain in the joints or bones. If you experience this please make your doctor and your nurse aware of it, that way they can prescribe painkillers for you.
Another unfortunate side-effect you will most likely face is being very tired a lot of the time. This may especially be a problem for a while after treatment or if the breast cancer is advanced.
Something important to consider is that there is a fair amount of research that has shown that a little bit of exercise can go a long way in helping women with breast cancer to have better health overall, to feel better, have a more positive outlook on the diagnosis and treatment and to have more quality of life during any treatment and surgery. It has also been proven that exercising directly after treatments has healthy effects on the body and helped to reduce or eliminate the fatigue caused by the treatment and furthermore to help with the depression that some women experience and have to deal with when they get a breast cancer diagnosis. Some reviews also seem to show that getting more exercise and activity can even help to increase the chances that the cancer will not come back! If you think that exercising after your cancer diagnosis is important and want to engage in physical activity please do not hesitate to speak to your cancer doctor or breast care specialist about a viable program to be on!